BU 281 Effective Time Management

Fall 2019

Course Information

Instructor: Krista Carter

  • Days/Time: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Required Text: Included in the course
  • Instructor Email: krista.carter@colbycc.edu
  • Phone Number: 785-460-5531

CCC Mission

Challenge students to adapt to a diverse society. Create opportunities for student growth. Connect student learning with professional experiences.

Course Description

This course is valuable for those who want to improve their productivity and strengthen their time-management skills through multiple ways of thinking about and using time more effectively. It provides strategies, techniques, and tips to set priorities and manage the daily pressures of meeting important and urgent commitments in your life. Students will explore how to deal with change so that they can enjoy less stress and more success, and focus on personal growth.

Course Requirements

  1. Personal Introduction
  2. Module Assignments and Exercises
  3. Final Test

Personal Introduction 

Students will be required to post a personal introduction in the discussion thread during the first week of our course. You will also need to reply to at least three of your fellow classmates! The purpose of the introduction is to provide an opportunity for the students and the instructor to learn about each other, to know each other and to work on issues that may emerge from the course. Be sure to tell us about yourself thoroughly. 

Module Assignments

Each module contains a module reading assignment and a “journal” with questions in it that help you apply the information you are reading to your own time management skills and needs.  Each module may contain one or more assignments or exercises. These will be listed under the module and also in your Course Schedule on Canvas.


For the most detailed schedule for the course, refer to the “Course Schedule” area on Canvas in the Modules area. Each week you will be able to find that week’s assignments, readings, and other items related to what we are studying. I will give you tips on how to “navigate” your way through the modules and study tips. I will also typically add information about content that is available for inquiry for learning beyond the required content and content that interests those of you who want to specialize in a special area of study.


You will find all the details about what you need to be doing for the course online on Canvas under the “Course Schedule”. ​


Module 1: Introduction and Goal Setting

Module 2: Personal Productivity System

Module 3: Time Management Concepts and Behaviors

Time Management Final

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Course Outcomes and Competencies

Course Competencies

In this course, students will:

  • Identify personal obstacles to productivity through a self-assessment of personal time management practices and habits.
  • Identify and record their personal goals and priorities.
  • Understand and apply the basic principles of productivity to their own life.
  • Develop a personal productivity system.
  • Identify the greatest time wasters – and determine how to avoid or eliminate them.
  • Determine daily “peak productivity time”?
  • Identify how to maximize their time in order to accomplish their goals both personally and professionally.

Outcomes Assessed in This Course:

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and apply the basic principles of productivity to their own life.
  • Identify personal priorities and goals.
  • Identify how to maximize their time in order to accomplish their goals both personally and professionally

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Course Policies

Assignments and Tests

All course assignments and due dates are listed in the “Course Schedule” online. All assignments and tests must be submitted by posted due dates. Late work after the final due date will not be accepted. 

All assignments will be submitted online on Canvas, emailed assignments will not be accepted. 

When technical problems occur and you cannot submit your assignment electronically, send an email to me to explain the difficulty. If you cannot use e-mail, call me to explain the difficulty. If you reach your instructor’s voice-mail, leave a message explaining the difficulty and a phone contact where you can be reached. 

Email and FAQs

E-Mail Policy

  • Your instructor will answer e-mail received within 24 hours.
  • You need to read your e-mail frequently to assure that you receive course information disseminated by e-mail in a timely fashion. You should especially be checking the announcements area online for everything pertaining to class. 
  • NOTE: your email will go to your Trojan Web account. If you want to have those forwarded to the email account of your choice, please do that in ePortal.


If you have problems logging into the system (ePortal or Canvas), call the help desk or email them!

Email is latefall@colbycc.edu,  it may take 24 to 48 hours for them to reply to you because of the Holidays!

If you have any questions that don't pertain to our course, email latefall@colbycc.edu

If the system does not work for you, first contact the Help Desk and then notify me via email, text, or phone! DO NOT CONTACT ME days later and inform me about personal problems or computer problems. I need to know that ASAP, not days or weeks later! This is for your sake (so you don’t get behind) and my sake (so I know how I can be of help to you)!


CCC Policies

Canvas Attendance

When you first view your class, look over class requirements, assignments, and other class content to ensure that you wish to remain in the class. If you decide to drop the class, do NOT post in Canvas at all, as that counts as attendance per college policy, and you would be charged a portion of tuition for dropping after attending/posting.

CCC Attendance

Colby Community College views class attendance as a mandatory activity. However, if students must be absent, the students should make arrangements in advance with the instructors. Students absent as official college representatives (athletics, activities, or scholarship fulfillment) are not counted absent but MUST make advance arrangements with instructors to complete all course work. Punitive grades cannot and will not be assigned if the absence is excused by the college. It is always the student’s responsibility to notify instructors of any absence due to illness or any other reason.


This is a professional educational environment, and your emails should reflect that. Consequently, you should remember to type your first and last name at the close of every email so I know who I am replying to.

When posting on the Discussion Board in your online class, you should:

  • Make posts that are on topic and within the scope of the course material
  • Take your posts seriously and review and edit your posts before sending
  • Be as brief as possible while still making a thorough comment
  • Always give proper credit when referencing or quoting another source
  • Be sure to read all messages in a thread before replying
  • Don’t repeat someone else’s post without adding something of your own to it
  • Avoid short, generic replies such as, “I agree.” You should include why you agree or add to the previous point
  • Always be respectful of others’ opinions even when they differ from your own
  • When you disagree with someone, you should express your differing opinion in a respectful non-critical way
  • Do not make personal or insulting remarks
  • Be open-minded

Tech Support Information

  • Canvas Support Hotline: 855-691-5024

    You can access Canvas Support Information by selecting the help button on the left-hand menu.

  • Colby Community College Support: support@colbycc.edu


In accordance with Colby Community College policy, students are required to be present for their final exam and/or complete any assessment during the time stated. If you have a conflict with this time, you must obtain written permission two weeks prior from the Executive Vice President and the instructor to schedule a make-up exam. Please note that vacations, previously purchased tickets or reservations, graduations, social events, misreading the final exam schedule, and oversleeping are not viable reasons for rescheduling a final.

Syllabus Information Disclaimer

I reserve the right to change any information contained in this document, when necessary, with adequate notice given to the student. Notice shall be given in the classroom during class. No other notice is required. It is the students’ responsibility to stay current with any changes, modifications, adjustments or amendments that are made to this document. Students should adhere to the attendance, cell phone, assignment, test and grading policies in the course syllabus.

Academic Integrity

Colby Community College defines academic integrity as learning that leads to the development of knowledge and/or skills without any form of cheating or plagiarism. This learning requires respect for Colby’s institutional values of quality, service and integrity. All Colby Community College students, faculty, staff, and administrators are responsible for upholding academic integrity.

Cheating is giving, receiving, or using unauthorized help on individual and group academic exercises such as papers, quizzes, tests, and presentations through any delivery system in any learning environment. This includes impersonating another student, sharing content without authorization, fabricating data, and altering academic documents, including records, with or without the use of personal and college electronic devices.

Plagiarism is representing or turning in someone else’s work without proper citation of the source. This includes unacknowledged paraphrase, quotation, or complete use of someone else’s work in any form. It also includes citing work that is not used and taking credit for a group project without contributing to it.

The following procedure will be used for students who violate the policy for the Academic Integrity Policy begins with the notification of the first infraction and continues throughout the student’s tenure at Colby Community College:

  • First Offense — Student will receive a zero for the assignment and the student will be reported to the Executive Vice President.
  • Second Offense — The student will receive a failing grade in the class and be reported to the Executive Vice President and removed from the class in which the offense occurred.
  • Third Offense — The student will be reported to the Executive Vice President and dismissed from the college.

Any questions about this policy may be referred to the Executive Vice President.


Colby Community College assesses student learning at several levels: general education, program, and course. The goal of these assessment activities is to improve student learning. As a student in this course, you will participate in various assessment activities. An example of your work, a paper, some test questions, a presentation, or other work may be selected for assessment. This process will not affect your grade, will not require you do additional work and your evaluation will be confidentially handled. Results of these activities will be used to improve teaching and learning at Colby Community College.


Free tutoring is available to all students at Colby Community College. The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), located in the Library, provides support services for all learners, on-campus and online. To schedule an appointment, visit https://hfdavismemoriallibrary.setmore.com/, email tutor@colbycc.edu or call 785-460-5480.

Tutoring is available in Student Support Services to eligible SSS participants. Please contact Student Support Services for qualifying program criteria at 785-460-5510, or by stopping by Student Support Services, located in the Student Union.

Online tutoring from ThinkingStorm is available to Colby Community College students 24/7 through their Canvas accounts. Every student can access up to 10 free hours of online tutoring each semester. For assistance with online tutoring, students may contact ThinkingStorm Support at care@thinkingstorm.com or by phone at 1-877-889-5996.

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

According to the Americans Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the college of his/her disability and to request accommodation. If a member of the class has a documented learning disability or a physical disability and is requesting special accommodations, he/she should contact disability services at disability@colbycc.edu.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Colby Community College provides equality of opportunity to its applicants for admission, enrolled students, graduates, and employees. The College does not discriminate with respect to hiring, continuation of employment, promotion, tenure, other employment practices, application for admission or career services and placement on the basis of race, color, gender, age, disability, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation or religion. For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, contact the Vice President of Student Affairs, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Colby Community College, 1255 S. Range Ave., Colby, KS 67701 (785) 460-5490.


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Method of Evaluation

Your grade will be based on the following:

Personal Introduction -

You will have the opportunity to earn extra credit:

Total Extra Credit-
Item -

Your grade will be based on the following:

90 - 100
80 - 89
70 - 79
60 - 69
0 - 59

Course Timeline

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